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SIR JOHN HARINGTON (HARRINGTON)
English courtier, wit, poet and satirical writer
(1561 - 1612)

The readers and the hearers like my books,
  And yet some writers cannot them digest;
    But what care I? for when I make a feast,
      I would my guests should praise it, not the cooks.
      - Against Writers that Carp at other Men's Books
        [Criticism]

Fortune, men say, doth give too much to many,
  But yet she never gave enough to any.
      - Epigram--Of Fortune [Fortune]

A tailor, though a man of upright dealing,--
  True but for lying,--honest but for stealing,--
    Did fall one day extremely sick by chance
      And on the sudden was in wondrous trance.
      - Of a Precise Tailor [Tailors]

He bought a Bible of the new translation,
  And in his life he show'd great reformation;
    He walked mannerly and talked meekly;
      He heard three lectures and two sermons weekly;
        He vow'd to show all companions unruly,
          And in this speech he used no oath but "truly;"
            And zealously to keep the Sabbath's rest.
      - Of a Precise Tailor [Reformation]

Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason?
  Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.
      - Of Treason--Epigrams (bk. IV, ep. V)
        [Proverbs : Treason]

Best fishing in troubled waters.
      - Orlando Furioso (bk. XII) [Fishing]


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